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Chapter 1. Pivot Table Fundamentals > The Anatomy of a Pivot Table

The Anatomy of a Pivot Table

Because the anatomy of a pivot table is what gives it its flexibility and, indeed, its ultimate functionality, it would be difficult to truly understand pivot tables without understanding their basic structure.

A pivot table is composed of four areas. The data you place in these areas define both the utility and the appearance of the pivot table. Keeping in mind that you will go through the process of creating a pivot table in the next chapter, let's prepare by taking a closer look at the four areas and the functionality around them.


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